Texas Instruments’ MSP CapTIvate microcontroller (MCU) development kit contains a CAPTIVATE-FR2633 target MCU module, CAPTIVATE-PGMR eZ-FET with EnergyTrace technology and HID communication bridge, CAPTIVATE-ISO UART, I ²C, and SBW isolation board, CAPTIVATE-BSWP self-capacitance demo (Out-of-Box Experience), CAPTIVATE-PHONE mutual capacitance demo with haptics and guard channel and CAPTIVATE-PROXIMITY proximity detection and gesturing demo.
The MSP430FR2633-based MCU board, a programmer/debugger board with EnergyTrace technology measures energy consumption with the TI’s Code Composer Studio integrated development environment (IDE), and sensor boards to evaluate self-capacitance, mutual capacitance, gesture and proximity sensing. Users can evaluate the MSP430FR2633 microcontroller with CapTIvate touch technology, which provides high resolution capacitive-touch. MSP MCUs with CapTIvate technology are the industry’s lowest power capacitive touch MCUs with 10 Vrms noise immunity and support for dirt-proof, glove-friendly designs.
Different sensing panels can be attached through a common connector.
The programming/debug logic has been split from the target MCU, unlike a typical LaunchPad which has both components on one PCB. This allows for an isolation module to be inserted between the two for testing/tuning, or for the programming/debug module to be used for in-system product development.
The target MCU PCB features BoosterPack plug-in board headers, allowing it to be used as a BoosterPack for another LaunchPad development kit, such as the MSP-EXP432P401R LaunchPad kit.
The sensing panels included in the kit are designed to mimic real applications.
Evaluating a new application simply involves laying out a basic 1 or 2 layer PCB with a footprint for the sensor connector, or simply laying out electrodes with copper tape and wiring them into the connector.
Easy access to data;
EnergyTrace technology power profiling enables capturing of power profiles without any measurement equipment.
The HID-Bridge communications interface allows debug data transfer between the target and a PC over UART or I ²C.
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